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In 1967, 157 technicians and clerks went on strike at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Center site in Clear. (The BMEWS remained in operation.)
In the nation
In 1776, the British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
In 1799, former President George Washington was eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
In 1917, during World War I, President Wilson announced the U.S. government would take over operation of the nation's railroads.
In 1931, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" opened on Broadway.
In 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
In 1944, Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" was first performed publicly at the Civic Theatre in Chicago.
In 1996, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colo. (To date, the slaying remains unsolved.)
In 2005, "Monday Night Football" ended an unprecedented 36-year run on ABC TV with a lackluster game, a 31-to-21 New England Patriots victory over the New York Jets. (The series switched to ESPN the following season.)
In the world
In 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, the embattled U.S. 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne, Belgium, was relieved by units of the Fourth Armored Division.
In 1980, Iranian television footage was broadcast in the U.S., showing a dozen of the American hostages sending messages to their families.
In 2001, the Arabic TV station Al-Jazeera aired new videotaped excerpts of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader condemned the U.S. as a nation that committed crimes against millions of Afghans. Hundreds of Iraqi Kurds, Afghans, Iranians and other refugees from a Red Cross center in France began two days of attempting to cross illegally into Britain through the Channel Tunnel, shutting down train traffic.
In 2003, an earthquake struck the historic Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 26,000 people.
In 2004, more than 200,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, were killed by a tsunami triggered by the world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years beneath the Indian Ocean.
In 2005, survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials in Indonesia, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives.